New Libraries Storage Annex

The university is moving forward with the construction of the Library Storage Annex, a modern climate-controlled facility that will house special collections materials; the University of Tennessee Archives; the Modern Political Archives; important but little-used items from the general collections; and other library materials that require long-term preservation. Latest Updates and News

UT Libraries Collection Review: Facts and Questions

Why is the Libraries removing books from its collection? To better serve users’ needs. For example, to accommodate the increasing need for space for study, research, and other innovative activity and collaborations, and to prepare for the move of lesser-used materials to the new Library Storage Annex. Will the Libraries still hold books or purchase … Continued

UT Libraries Reviewing Physical Collections to Meet Campus Needs

The University of Tennessee Libraries will begin a thorough review of its print collection this spring. Permanently removing from the collection those items that rarely circulate, that are duplicated, outdated, or that are widely available elsewhere allows the UT Libraries to better serve users’ needs. Some important but lesser-used books will relocate to the Library … Continued

Mental Wellness Lunch & Learn

Academic pressure. Paying for college. Campus controversies around race and politics. Living independently for the first time. No wonder so many college students struggle with anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues! April is Stress Awareness month, and the UT Libraries Belonging and Engagement Committee invites you to a Lunch and Learn session on Mental … Continued

Carolyn Finney on Race and the Great Outdoors: Whose Stories Do We Tell?

Our national narrative on the environment is incomplete, Carolyn Finney told a packed hall at the East Tennessee History Center on February 29. “What I want to talk about today is how I think it’s incomplete and why it matters.” Finney, a storyteller, author, and cultural geographer, delivered the 2024 Wilma Dykeman Stokely Memorial Lecture, … Continued

Amythyst Kiah: free performance March 20 at KMA

Singer-songwriter Amythyst Kiah, one of this year’s Big Ears musicians, will give a free performance at the Knoxville Museum of Art on March 20. The reception at 6 p.m. and the performance at 7 p.m. are free and open to the public. Her performance on the eve of the 2024 Big Ears Festival is part … Continued

Medbery Makerspace: Take our Certification Workshop

The Medbery Makerspace in 209 Hodges Library welcomes all students, faculty, and staff in the UT Knoxville community to create, draft, dream, and make. Tools provided fall into the general categories of arts and crafts, textiles, and fabrication (3D printing, Cricut vinyl cutter, button makers). An online guide provides additional information. To use the makerspace’s … Continued

Exhibit in Special Collections Honors Frederick Douglass, Black History Month

An exhibit in Hodges Library honors America’s great abolitionist, educator, and statesman Frederick Douglass (c. 1817–1895) and encourages us to delve deeper into our country’s complex history of slavery and racism. The exhibit in the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, 121 Hodges Library, includes rare books and unique items from the Libraries’ … Continued

Library Storage Annex Update from UT Knoxville Campus Advisory Board Meeting

The Library Storage Annex was among the upcoming capital projects shared at the UT Knoxville Campus Advisory Board meeting on Thursday, February 1, 2024. The campus advisory board submits recommendations to President Randy Boyd related to campus-level strategic plans and operating budgets, which Boyd then brings to the Board of Trustees for their consideration. In … Continued

UT Libraries Welcomes High School Students for BOSS STEM Conference

More than 120 high school students attended the Big Orange STEM Saturday (BOSS) Conference January 27 at John C. Hodges Library. BOSS is a day-long professional conference that gives students the opportunity to meet with STEM professors and local collaborators and network with them to learn more about what careers they may pursue in STEM … Continued